NYPD has filed internal disciplinary charges against a police sergeant for her role in contributing to Eric Garner’s death

Reuters is reporting today that the New York City Police Department has filed NYPD internal disciplinary charges against Sergeant Kizzy Adonis for her role in the confrontation on Staten Island that ended with Eric Garner’s death. Officer Daniel Pantaleo placed Garner in a chokehold that caused him to suffer difficulty breathing resulting in eventual loss of consciousness and death. A state grand jury decided not to charge Pantaleo with a crime.

Although the City of New York settled a wrongful death civil suit filed by Garner’s family for $5.9 million, Sergeant Adonis is the only officer so far who has been accused of wrongdoing. The City declined to specify what the disciplinary charges were. A spokesperson would only say that the charges were filed to prevent a statute of limitations from expiring. Otherwise, The Department of Justice is investigating Garner’s death.

Garner’s death was one of the more egregious deaths. His crime was selling individual cigarettes (loosies), which is a misdemeanor, and he was unarmed. In addition, a few minutes before the police approached and restrained him, he had broken up a fight and persuaded the combatants to separate and move along.

9 Responses to NYPD has filed internal disciplinary charges against a police sergeant for her role in contributing to Eric Garner’s death

  1. bettykath says:

    Seems she didn’t properly supervise the takedown of Eric Garner so it’s is all her fault. btw, while Garner was previously cited for selling single cigarettes, we only have the cops word for it that that was the reason for them going after him. They were initially called because of a fight that Garner broke up,sending the participants off in different directions. Could the cops have been angry that Garner prevented them from having two (or more) targets so they took it out on him? I still don’t understand why it’s illegal to sell single cigarettes. The tobacco tax has already been paid. Ah, it’s a transaction so he wasn’t paying the 2 cent transaction tax?

    • Malisha says:

      Her failure to supervise is a little worrisome; if they did not do wrong, how did she fail to supervise them properly? It would seem she supervised them to do exactly as they DID: RIGHT.

      To me it seems more likely that she was strong-armed into giving the the “they did perfectly rightly stupendously correct,” which she did, but thereafter, had some misgivings about her being used to shield them at the time. I also wonder if SHE was not intimidated by the super-testosterone-charge of those killers who already had a guy who was (a) black and (b) much bigger than her IN THEIR GRIP.

      This is internal police stuff, where they can do whatever the Hell they want, secretly. If they charged her with a crime, she’d be entitled to a speedy and public trial with counsel. I think there is something stinking “in Denmark.”

  2. bronxlady1 says:

    Of course. Business as usual. Throw the proverbial fall guy under the bus.

  3. bettykath says:

    She is charged now because of the statute of limitations, does this mean that the feds can’t charge anyone because the time has run out?

  4. bettykath says:

    This is strange. The man responsible for the death gets no charge and someone who might not have been there is charged? I think Malisha might be right, she complained about Pantaleo. Hasn’t he been promoted?

    • Malisha says:

      I’d like to see the affidavits that were filed to get her charges drawn. I actually don’t know how to find them.

  5. Malisha says:

    Isn’t it a bit weird — this woman who does not appear on the video of Garner being murdered gets a disciplinary charge? What did SHE do, complain about Pantaleo or something?

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